Renaming Our Home: Kalapuya County

Renaming Our Home: Kalapuya County

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Richard Pettigrew started this petition

We request our County Board of Commissioners take steps to change our county's name to Kalapuya County, making our community a more welcoming place for everyone!

This change will help to reshape the public view of this place to put it into an Indigenous context.  This is to connect our place and our people with the human past that predates Eugene Skinner, the founder of the City of Eugene, and to welcome Native people firmly back into today’s society, along with their culture and traditions.

This history is not widely known among our community.  This project addresses the need for the community to be informed not only on the last 200 years of history, but also about the previous 15,000 years of human existence here. Renaming this place as Kalapuya County represents a purposeful shift in our historical narrative to include an emphasis on Kalapuya culture and history, and to create a more welcoming community for Native people and other minorities.  Importantly, this is not really about rejecting a historical figure, who always will remain important in our story, but instead about creating a truthful context for making a better future for all of us.  

You can help us with fundraising at: www.archaeologychannel.org/kalapuya

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